Why you should consider a low season trip to Barcelona
The off season is the time of year in between the peak tourism times. Usually after the “best” weather or after a holiday/festival. Too often, people miss out on traveling to a country or region because they think that they come across some less than desirable weather during their stay.
There’s nothing wrong with tourists, or being around people, but isn’t it nice to have a slice of paradise all to yourself once in a while? Travel in the off-season and you’ll experience just that. Famous sites will feel deserted compared to the high volume of visitors in the peak-season.
Advantages of Visiting Spain in Winter
An off-season trip to Barcelona gives visitors the chance to enjoy spectacular sights without drowning in a sea of tourists. Wander Parc Güell in solitude or investigate the hidden beauty of the Gothic Quarter. Not only will this make for a more enjoyable experience, it will provide spectacular photo opportunities.
However, there is a word of warning. Due to the reduced traffic, many of the main attractions vary their opening times during the colder months. For example, Gaudi’s famed cathedral masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, closes a few hours earlier in spring and autumn and is only open for half the day during winter.
More events going on
Winter in Barcelona offers a whole host of events, festivals and local celebrations that will be the cherry on top of your Spanish adventure. The Sagrada Familia is home to a beautiful Christmas fair in December, with over 100 stalls selling great gifts and decorations.
For even more choice, head down to the Catedral de Barcelona and explore the whopping 300 stalls of the festive market in its surrounding squares.
The main concern most have when considering an off-season trip to Barcelona is the weather. While you won’t need sunscreen and bikinis during a winter trip to Barcelona, the temperature stays pleasant all year round, averaging 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15ºC) at its coldest.
This means you can still wander the streets without worrying about having to wrap up, and evening strolls on the beach can be a great way to enjoy the city’s famed coastline.
When should I visit Spain in the Winter?
November & December
With the average November high temperature in Barcelona around 17ºC and an average low of 8º, this is usually the month where the temperatures noticeably drop in the city.
One of the traditions of All Saints’ Day is to eat hot toasted chestnuts (“castanyas” in Catalan) that come wrapped in newspaper. They start being sold by street hawkers with pop-up roasting stalls around the holiday, and they continue doing brisk business throughout the winter. They also often sell roasted
The World Press Photo exhibition honors the best in photojournalism and travels to different cities around the world throughout the year. November usually means it’s Barcelona’s turn. The exhibition is hosted at the CCCB contemporary art museum in the Raval district. If you go on a Sunday afternoon, you can get in for free!
January & February
January begins with Three Kings Day celebrations on the 6th, followed by a number of interesting celebrations in the Balearic Islands. The San Sebastian festival in the city of the same name, with its Tamborrada drumming, is the biggest event of the month.
February is the carnival month, with the biggest events appearing in Cadiz and the Canary Islands. But there are also some really impressive parades in Barcelona, Sitges and Vilanova i la Geltrú.
Cold in the north (Basque Country and Cantabria) and in central areas like Madrid and Salamanca, wet in the northwest (Galicia and Asturias) but reasonably mild on the south coast. The Costa del Sol should see quite a bit of sun, but it won’t be warm enough to sunbathe. If you’re lucky, you might get enough sun in Madrid to be able to sup your wine on an outdoor Terraza, but you’ll probably still need a jacket.
As for Barcelona and the Costa Brava, the weather is terrace proof all year round, you might need a jacket but most of the days it will be sunny.
March & April
Las Fallas, one of the biggest events in Spain, takes place in March in Valencia. Then comes Semana Santa, the drawn-out Spanish version of Easter that lasts a week to ten days in the lead up to Easter Sunday.
Almost immediately afterward comes the Feria de Sevilla, Seville’s festival of bullfighting, flamenco, and gastronomy, which is also celebrated in Barcelona in the Forum.
Unless you’re interested in taking in a particular festival, witnessing a scheduled event or you can only take time off of work at certain times of the year, consider off-season travel. You’ll come back home feeling more refreshed from the peace and quiet!
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